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Alabama’s U.S. Senate Primary will use Ranked Choice Voting for Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose, Myeisha Boyd on August 15, 2017
Alabama’s U.S. Senate Primary will use Ranked Choice Voting for Overseas Voters

Today, voters in Alabama will vote in the primary election for U.S. Senate, to fill Jeff Session’s vacant seat. However, military and overseas voters have already been voting - and they had the opportunity to rank their choices with an “instant runoff” ballot.

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Interview: How Unitarian Universalists Elected President with Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on August 07, 2017
Interview: How Unitarian Universalists Elected President with Ranked Choice Voting

On June 24, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) elected Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as its ninth president. She was the winner of a three way race held with ranked choice voting (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting.

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Amherst Likely to Vote on Charter Commission Recommendations that include Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on August 07, 2017
Amherst Likely to Vote on Charter Commission Recommendations that include Ranked Choice Voting

In 2016, a Charter Commission in Amherst (MA) was approved by a majority with 60% voters in favor. The commission is proposing elections be held with ranked choice voting (RCV). The task of the Charter Commission is to study Amherst government and recommend changes within two years. After a 16 month study, the Charter Commission recommended replacing Town Meeting with a town council, among other recommendations. Charter Commission Chairman Andy Churchill said the proposal would call for 13 town councilors, three at large and two each will become five wards instead of the current 10 precincts. Churchill wrote, “We believe the result is a set of recommendations that reflect the varied interests of our residents.”

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Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to Memphis

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Myeisha Boyd on August 01, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to Memphis

In 2008, Memphis, Tennessee adopted ranked choice voting (RCV) by a landslide, with 70 percent of voters in favor of a city charter amendment. RCV, also known as instant runoff voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order of choice and eliminates the need for runoff elections.

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Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse: A Q&A with Richard Hasen

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 27, 2017
Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse: A Q&A with Richard Hasen

FairVote had the opportunity to catch up with Richard Hasen regarding his recent article published in the New York Times, “Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse,” focusing on our democracy and the electoral process in the United States. Hasen writes, “the future is scary. Public confidence in the fairness of the election process is already largely driven by who wins and who loses.”

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New Cosponsor of Fair Representation Act: Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee

Posted on Quick News by Myeisha Boyd on July 26, 2017
New Cosponsor of Fair Representation Act: Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee

The Fair Representation Act (FRA) -- H.R. 3057 continues to gain new Congressional cosponsors. The FRA was introduced on June 26, 2017 by Congressman Don Beyer who serves Virginia’s 8th district representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. Rep. Beyer introduced the FRA because, ‘this bill would ensure that every voter has their voice represented in Congress, and make real progress towards bipartisan focus on getting results for the American people.’

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India Elects 14th President Using Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 21, 2017
India Elects 14th President Using Ranked Choice Voting

Yesterday, July 20, Ram Nath Kovind was elected as the 14th President of India. President Kovind received 65.65% of the total vote, which secured a massive margin over his rival Meira Kumar who received 34.35%.The winner is selected through a system known as proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote (STV). Proportional representation ensures equal representation to all groups because it allows voters to mark their voting preferences rather than choosing just one candidate. Votes are never wasted because if your first choice candidate does not win, your second choice is counted and it’s an instant run off until someone wins a majority of the votes.

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The Fair Representation Act: How to Make Congress All-Partisan

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 20, 2017
The Fair Representation Act: How to Make Congress All-Partisan

Our Democracy is fundamentally broken by a dangerous new era of fierce partisan divisions. The current system leaves many voters voiceless in the political process and depresses voter participation. We are left with a partisan division that may be hard to fix - but, it’s not impossible.

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2017 India Presidential Election

Posted on Quick News by Myeisha Boyd on July 18, 2017
2017 India Presidential Election

This week, India elects a new President with ranked choice voting (RCV) playing a pivotal role. Although RCV is not used to elect India's main parliament, it has significant uses in the nation's largest democracy, one of the most important is for selecting the president.

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Meet the Team: Myeisha Boyd

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 18, 2017
Meet the Team: Myeisha Boyd

Hello There! I’m Myeisha. My interest in politics began during my sophomore year of college when I was a Casework Intern for Senator Richard Blumenthal. This is where my passion for public service and advocacy emerged. I truly felt as though I was making a difference by communicating with government agencies on behalf of constituents.

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